The academic performance of all School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program students is reviewed at the end of each semester. All decisions regarding a student's status in the program are based on the semester GPA. (Note: Summer and Winter session GPAs are not considered.)
- Honors Program students who are admitted as incoming first year students are expected to maintain a semester grade-point average of at least 3.250 in each term of the first year, and at least 3.500 in each term thereafter at Rutgers (Summer and Winter sessions excluded). Honors Program students who are admitted as rising sophomores or later are expected to maintain a semester grade-point average of at least 3.500 in each term at Rutgers (Summer and Winter sessions excluded).
- If a student’s semester grade point average is below the required semester grade-point average in any one semester, that student is placed on Honors Probation.
- If a student’s semester grade-point average is below the required semester grade-point average for a second, consecutive semester, that student is placed on Honors Continued Probation.
- If a student’s semester grade-point average is below the required semester grade-point average for a third, consecutive semester, that student is dismissed from the SAS Honors Program,
- If a student's semester average is below 2.0 for any one semester, that student will be placed directly on Honors Continued Probation; the student will therefore have only one semester to achieve the required semester grade-point average before that student is dismissed from the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
Any student placed on Honors Probation or dismissed from the program is informed of his/her academic status by email if put on Probation or Continued Probation, and by letter if dismissed.
When academic performance is reviewed, temporary (“T”) grade(s) are counted in the semester GPA; TZ, TF, and NG grades are calculated as “F.” It is the responsibility of the student to inform the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, through the submission of an up-to-date unofficial transcript, of any grade change(s). If such a change of grade results in a semester GPA above 3.250 during the first two semesters or 3.500 in subsequent semesters, the student's status will be adjusted appropriately.
A School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program student who is placed on Probation or Continued Probation is required to meet with his/her assigned Honors Program dean to discuss his/her current GPA, to consider the circumstances – academic or otherwise – which might have affected the academic performance, and to discuss specific steps the student plans to take in order to improve that performance. A student who has been dismissed from the program is encouraged to meet with his/her Honors Program dean.
The SAS Honors Program determines Honors Probation, Honors Continued Probation, or Honors Dismissal status based solely on the term average computed for the official final grades reported for the semester; therefore, repeating a course in a subsequent semester, or in the summer, and achieving a higher grade in that course does not rescind Honors Probation, Honors Continued Probation, or Honors Dismissal status.
- A student who has been dismissed from the program will not be allowed to enroll in a School of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars or Honors Courses offered through departments.
- With regard to housing:
- Dismissed Students: A student who is dismissed from the program after the Fall semester, and who is living in SAS Honors Housing at that time, may continue to live in SAS Honors Housing for the Spring semester. Dismissed students, regardless of current residence, are not permitted to participate in the Honors Housing Sign Up in the Spring semester and will not be permitted to reside in Housing for the coming year.
- Students on Probation: Students who are on SAS Honors Program Probation or Continued Honors Probation are permitted to reside in SAS Honors Housing and may participate in the SAS Honors Housing Sign Up in the Spring semester.
- There is no minimum cumulative GPA required at time of graduation in order to graduate with the designation 'Honors Scholar'.